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The Woolf Institute developed its Diversity in End of Life Care programme to deliver training courses to staff at hospices and hospitals across the country.

The training programmes are provided for nurses, hospital chaplains, doctors, other healthcare professionals and volunteers. The aim of the course curriculum is to empower clinical and non-clinical staff to enhance the impact of the care they provide to patients and relatives. By undertaking a study day, they can become more knowledgeable, confident and feel more comfortable offering care, empathy and compassion to patients – of all beliefs and customs – who are approaching the end of their life; this is achieved by staff better understanding the religious, social and cultural practices that surround death and dying.

In the past, we have delivered training in end of life care to Barts Health NHS Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Free Hospital, the Marie Curie Hospice (Hampstead), Compton Hospice (Wolverhampton), St Benedict's Hospice (Sunderland) and St Oswald's Hospice (Newcastle). Previous courses have received 6 CPD credits from the Royal College of Physicians.

Expert staff from the Woolf Institute lead the course in conjunction with chaplains and medical staff from the hospital or institution in which the course is offered.

For further information, contact diversityinendoflifecare@woolf.cam.ac.uk.

Bespoke Courses

Our healthcare-related training is flexible and tailored to your needs. We can now host courses at the Woolf Institute's purpose built offices in central Cambridge, or bring them to your workplace.

Whatever your specification, we can develop a course that responds to your needs and context.

Get in touch to find out how we can work together. Contact diversityinendoflifecare@woolf.cam.ac.uk for more information.

Feedback from Course Participants

"The topics covered were essential to my role. This training gave me the confidence to not be afraid to support others: Jews, Christians and Muslims."

"All staff should attend, as all have to deal with one or more of these scenarios at some point in their working lives."

"The training gave some insight as to how we could possibly deal with certain scenarios in a way that would provide emotional support to the patient and/or relatives."

"Vital for all in this area (clinically and geographically)."

Diversity in End of Life Care Handbook

The Woolf Institute is currently working on a handbook which will be used as a tool during training and for continued learning and development on the wards and in public health spaces where it will serve as an active resource for those who seek to understand how to respond to increasingly diverse communities that require care and support.

Research Reports

October 2016. Advance Care Planning and Muslim Communities

November 2015. Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Relations between Hospices and Muslims of Britain

Podcasts and Blogs

11 April 2017 'Journey into the spiritual dimensions of End of Life Care'